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#1 aac159

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 03:11 PM

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I had a curious thought the other day. I have spina bifida and all that comes with a neurogenic bowel and all that. I read somewhere that you may be able to "train" your bowel with laxatives at the same time every night and going to the bathroom at the same time every morning in order to train your bowl. I'm studying for my neuro exam in medical school and I had a curious thought 

 

Anyone familiar with classical conditioning and Pavlov's dogs? I was wondering if you can pair your urge to defecate because of the laxatives, with another stimulus, for example the smell of mint oil or some other potent unusual smell. That is, when you start getting your bowel movements you have that smell around and you pair that sensation with a bowel movement?

 

This may be completely impossible and since this won't really help me with my neuro exam, I cant look into the neurophysiology or neuroanatomy needed for something like this to happen. But I used this post as my small break to see if anything comes out it. 

 

 







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